I had a nice, sparse, mellow speaking schedule all set for Fall, and then I got a few offers I couldn’t refuse, which turned my Fall into another disaster. Add to that the fact that I’ll be developing a semester-long online course at the same time and teaching two sections of my InfoPeople course (they haven’t listed the second section yet) from August to early October, and you have one busy bee. So if I don’t blog as much or answer e-mails as much over the coming months, you’ll know why.
Here are my upcoming conference presentations for Fall:
SirsiDynix Institute Webcast – August 7
Free Your Content: RSS for Librarians (with Paul Pival)
Social Technologies in the Future of Library 2.0 – Copenhagen, Denmark – September 27
Building the Social Library Online
Readex Digital Institute – Chester, VT – October 4 – 5
Topic to be Determined
Internet Librarian – Monterey, CA – October 27 – 31
October 28 – Wikis: Basics Tools and Strategies Preconference
October 28 – Academic Library 2.0 Preconference
October 30 – Promoting Play Through Online Discovery: Lego Building (with Helene Blowers)
UC Berkeley Academic Library 2.0 Conference – Berkeley, CA – November 2
Keynote: Building Academic Library 2.0
Massachusetts School Library Association Conference – Sturbridge, MA – November 10
Wikis in Libraries
I’m sure you can guess which one of those talks I’m most excited about. I lived in Denmark for a year while in college, and I haven’t been back in nine years. Adam’s coming with me and we’re spending a whole week in Copenhagen, seeing the sights and catching up with some of my old friends who haven’t seen me since I was 21 (eeek!).
I’m hoping to still have a bit of time this Fall for apple-picking and enjoying the beautiful foliage. My Director suggested that I cut down on taking time away from work for speaking (she told me this after the commitments I’d already made here plus 2 more in ’08), so other than ALA Midwinter and the OLA Superconference, I may not be doing anything else in the Winter and Spring. It’s certainly not a bad idea to have a break from all this imposed on me. I’ve been really running around like a crazy person over the past two years and I must admit that it’s been exhausting. Fun, definitely, but exhausting. I have a feeling the online course I’ll be teaching (plus my regular full-time job) will keep me busy enough.
I’m definitely looking forward to meeting lots of new people at these conferences and learning about how other libraries are currently using social technologies.